For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (born 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, and the bonds of family. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is the first major retrospective of the celebrated artist’s career.
This internationally traveling exhibition investigates how Mann’s relationship with her native Virginia, a place so rich in literary and artistic traditions yet troubled by history, has shaped her work. Featuring more than 100 images and organized into five sections—family, landscape, battlefields, legacy, and mortality—A Thousand Crossings explores how the American South emerges within Mann’s work as a powerful and provocative force that continues to shape American identity and experience.
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings | March 3–May 27, 2019
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).